Join us as we “Let the FUNshine In” for the 48th Annual Springtime Tallahassee Grand Parade on April 2nd at 10:30 am
Come see over 100 colorful units and floats, marching bands, dance groups, Springtime Krewe floats and much more. The parade steps off on Monroe Street just south of the intersection of Monroe Street and Brevard Street and travels south on Monroe past the Florida Capitol ending at Madison Street. The first Springtime parade featured many costumes and only horse drawn units. Today, the parade still includes horse-drawn carriages to provide a bit of nostalgia; however, it also boosts elaborately clad characters and spectacular mechanical floats from all over the southeastern United States. Springtime Tallahassee is considered one of the biggest southeastern parades and craft shows, attracting over 70,000 spectators.
Meet the Grand Marshal
A Grand Marshal is a person honored as the ceremonial master of a parade or special event. Each year, Springtime Tallahassee puts a great deal of thought and consideration into the Master of Ceremonies to kick-off the Grand Parade. Past Springtime Grand Marshal’s have included local & state leaders, long-time media personalities, college football coaches, the founder of a very popular chain restaurant and even a Tallahassee native who has made it big in Hollywood.
We are pleased to announce our 2016 Grand Marshal is Tallahassee Community College president Dr. Jim Murdaugh. Jim is in his sixth year as president of Tallahassee Community College and is delighted to be at the helm during TCC’s 50th anniversary. Under Jim’s leadership, TCC is committed to being the college of choice for students who come here, the employer of choice for faculty and staff, and the partner of choice in our community.
Jim serves as a governor on the Leon County Research & Development Authority, trustee on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and board member on both CareerSource Capital Region and United Way of the Big Bend. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Florida and past chairman of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County.
In 2012, Florida Trend magazine included Jim among Florida’s Newsmakers of the Year. He was also Leadership Tallahassee’s 2012 Leader of the Year.
Jim thanks all members of our community for making TCC such a special place for the past five decades.
Tallahassee Community College Capital City Band
Before the parade kicks off enjoy the tremendous talents of the Tallahassee Community College Capital City Band. 9:30 a.m. in front of the historic Capitol at the Capitol Reviewing Stands.